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Trustees discuss university changes

In the Marcum Conference Center, the Miami University Board of Trustees discussed several proposed changes, including a new department, two new majors and increased fundraising goals.

Several points on the agenda, which were addressed between 8:30 and 11 a.m., included:

The implementation of a new Global and Intercultural Studies department for the Spring 2016 semester, as well as the recommendation of an eventual Global Studies school or institute.

Resolutions to add two majors to the regional campuses' curricula, including one in information technology and a second in liberal studies.

Increased goals for Miami fundraising - $100 million across five years (twice what the university raised in the last four years).

Associated Student Government's initiatives for the spring semester, including the effort to raise the limit on workweek hours for student employees; implementing the "what if" element on student DARS reports; and evaluating the allocation of the $1,860 in student fees.

Announcements regarding the development of Miami's Living and Learning Communities (LLCs) for the 2015-2016 academic year, which strive to make the LLCs more effective and better defined.